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Insider attack: A dozen Afghan militiamen killed by colleagues   10%

The bloodshed comes as the Taliban and government negotiators engage in peace talks to end the nearly two-decade war.


CEO Secrets: 'I couldn't build a company on my own'   -6%

The co-founders of German nutritional drink start-up YFood explain why they rely on each other.


Asking the N.F.L. Playoff Questions That Need Answers   70%


Can Tom Brady keep the momentum going? Is Seattle’s defense good again? Can anyone beat the Chiefs?


Hong Kongs commercial landlords make noise with pop-ups, battle to not be forgotten as long-term tenancies dwindle   10%


Commercial landlords in Hong Kong are allotting more space and leases for pop-up events in an effort to diversify their tenant mix and to keep foot traffic going at a time of much reduced retail spending in the city.Qi Feng Capital, which owns the “Ginza style” V-Point building in Causeway Bay, for instance, is planning an event that will bring together eight to 10 streetwear brands and collectors next month, after the success of a similar event in November last year.“In about five weeks, those…


Liberian oil tanker that falsely flew Palau flag linked to Hong Kong-based firm   -22%


The island nation of Palau says an oil tanker that recently loaded Venezuelan crude was using a false signal to disguise its identity, potentially putting the nation in the crosshairs of US sanctions.Palau is asking Venezuela to investigate the vessel that claimed last month to be the Ndros.The Ndros was a Palau-flagged ship that was scrapped in Pakistan in 2018, and so could not be the vessel that appeared in December off the coast of Venezuela, according to a letter dated December 16 that the…


Sedition charges dusted off after 25 years - but will they stick?   15%

The charges were introduced in the civil war and have rarely been used since. The last man to be convicted of sedition plotted to blow up the World Trade Centre.


New rule helps those who lost jobs in 2020 qualify for key tax credits   50%


Many people who depend on the Earned Income Tax Credit may not realize that they now can use wages from 2020 or 2019 to calculate the credit.

       


Go all-out with this luxurious Israeli breakfast at home  

These are all the recipes you need to transport yourself to a Middle Eastern summer day on the beach.


LeBron James continues to lead Lakers' road dominance in rout over Thunder  


The Lakers finish their three-game trip with a 128-99 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.


More than 2,500 without power as heavy rain moves through Mass.  

The bulk of the inclement weather will be contained to this morning, the weather service said.


Insurers Must Pay Businesses for Pandemic Claims, British Court Rules   -30%


Hundreds of thousands of insured businesses will be paid for lost earnings after the coronavirus lockdowns forced them to close, ending a long-running battle with insurance companies.


U.S. executes Dustin Higgs for role in 1996 murders  

Higgs’ execution was the third in four days, after the administration executed Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, on Wednesday and Corey Johnson on Thursday.


Hctor Bellern: The Unseen Journey video trailer   -33%


A new series is being released following Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín during gruelling medical interventions, recovery programmes and his comeback from a devastating injury – including never-before-seen footage of the club’s 2019-20 FA Cup triumph. The fly-on-the-wall docu-series, The Unseen Journey – which follows the 25-year-old from the inner sanctum of surgical theatres to his family home in Barcelona – will be released by Hifen Studios

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Bling Empire is more than just Crazy Rich Asians in L.A. amid the escapism are stories about identity and belonging   8%



Diversity in storytelling — real diversity — does not necessarily mean whole cultures need only be shown in ethereal light, but depicted in all shades, writes Shinan Govani. After all, nobody ever asked ‘Survivor’ villain Richard Hatch to represent all white people.


Case of manatee with 'Trump' etched into back under investigation   1%


  • Mutilated aquatic mammal spotted at spring in Florida
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service appeals for public’s help

Federal wildlife officials in Florida are reportedly seeking information on the perpetrators of an attack on a manatee, which apparently had the word “Trump” scraped into its back.

Related: Florida manatee deaths up 20% as Covid-19 threatens recovery

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Meera Sodha's recipe for vegan Hoppin' John | The new vegan   12%


Enjoy the homely delights of this pilaf-like rice dish from the American South

Hoppin’ John is traditionally eaten in the southern states of the US, and comprises rice and black-eyed beans cooked together, much like a pilau, and served with collard greens. Eating it on New Year’s Day is said to bring luck and prosperity – the beans represent coins, the greens dollar bills – and although we’re long past that, it could certainly save you money, because it’s a wildly economical meal. My recipe is a broad interpretation of the original: I’ve cooked the greens with the rice and thrown in an old family favourite ingredient, Tabasco. The result is a gentle, soothing, belly-warming dish with a small vinegar kick to it.

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'Alyonushka Of The Apocalypse:' Russian Monument Gets Laughed Out Of Town   -8%

In the Russian city of Novovoronezh, a poorly designed statue was so widely loathed that officials had it dismantled -- but not before it became a joke on social media. In other cities, some residents wish their own local monuments would meet the same fate.



Modis mistake is in trying to turn the Indian economy into a Chinese dragon   10%


At the beginning of this millennium, experts and analysts had written reams about how the balance of power and trade was shifting from the West to the East. China and India were seen as propelling this, and the two countries were spoken in the same breath as future powerhouses that will be pivotal in a new economic order.By then, China had firmly established itself as the factory of the world, whereas India was moving up as a provider of back-end services as multinationals outsourced their…


Why a wave of suicides washed over Germany after the Nazi defeat   -5%

Toward the end of World War II a suicide wave swept the areas of Germany occupied by the Red Army. Florian Huber’s new book blames the influence of Nazi anti-Bolshevik propaganda and the mass rapes by Russian soldiers


Credit Suisse opens branch in Riyadh, expands Saudi operations   25%


Credit Suisse said on Monday it had opened a branch in Riyadh to offer wealthy Saudi Arabian clients a greater range of financial services, afterobtaining a local banking license in 2019.For all the


Applications for MEDC small business relief grants of up to $20,000 open Tuesday   -25%


The Michigan Strategic Fund board on Thursday approved $55 million in grants for small businesses, part of a broader COVID-19 relief bill.

       


Big Tech Has Helped Trash America   5%


The chaos of the last two weeks offers an opportunity to rethink the role of technology in our lives.



Oil prices at fresh 11-month high after US inventory fall, Saudi pledge to cut output   23%


Oil prices were steady on Thursday after hitting fresh 11-month highs on a fall in US stockpiles and in the wake of a pledge by Saudi Arabia to cut output by more than expected.For more coronavirus


Cuba, Though Angered by Terror Designation, Is Looking Past Trump   -33%


The U.S. decision was made in “the death throes of a failed and corrupt administration,” Cuba’s president said. For Cubans, the change in administrations in Washington can’t come soon enough.



How a Scottish postie's simple sea shanty struck a global chord   20%


Nathan Evans’s viral TikTok covers have sparked a huge surge in interest in the formerly neglected genre, making him an overnight sensation

It is no exaggeration to say that sea shanties have changed Nathan Evans’s life. The 26-year-old postman from Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, has become a phenomenon online thanks to the driving, rhythmic a cappella music.

The sea shanty genre has unexpectedly broken into the mainstream, having become something of a global online obsession over recent weeks, mostly driven by the duet feature on the video-sharing social media app TikTok.

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Earthquake: Magnitude 3.8 quake recorded in Concord, Calif.  


A magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported at 11:18 a.m. Thursday in Concord, Calif., according to the USGS.


Saudi Arabia to reopen Qatar embassy in coming days, minister says  

Move comes after Riyadh announced a breakthrough U.S.-backed deal to end the row with Doha and strengthen an Arab alliance against Iran


Google, Facebook may be forced to pay for news content in Australia   12%


Australia’s competition regulator has warned that planned laws to make the country the first in the world to force Google and Facebook to payfor news content were likely just the start of more


Gandhi, History, and the Lessons of the Events at the Capitol   -23%

The ugly infection that has always sapped America’s strength burst to the surface last week. Simply bandaging it will be a mistake.


Open Skies: Russia starts withdrawing from defense pact  

Moscow has said it plans to withdraw from the arms control and verification treaty in the coming days, following the departure of the US from the treaty.


'COVID tongue' identified as a new symptom  


The number of COVID-19 symptoms have expanded and continued to increase since the outbreak of the deadly virus over 9 months ago. While the bid to contain the spread of the virus continues to rage on, new and unusual symptoms have come to the surface and wreak havoc in the public domain.


Blanket of snow covers Glck Natural Park   50%


Lake Gölcük is one of the most scenic sights in the northwestern region of Turkey. (AA Photo)



Lidar tech on the rise at CES to power future smart cities, autonomous cars   40%

Seoul Robotics and Intel’s Mobileye among firms at CES 2021 with new 3-D technology to support autonomous cars and smarter big cities.


Top scientists warn of 'ghastly future of mass extinction' and climate disruption  


Sobering new report says world is failing to grasp the extent of threats posed by biodiversity loss and the climate crisis

The planet is facing a “ghastly future of mass extinction, declining health and climate-disruption upheavals” that threaten human survival because of ignorance and inaction, according to an international group of scientists, who warn people still haven’t grasped the urgency of the biodiversity and climate crises.

The 17 experts, including Prof Paul Ehrlich from Stanford University, author of The Population Bomb, and scientists from Mexico, Australia and the US, say the planet is in a much worse state than most people – even scientists – understood.

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